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Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Executive Director, Education Post

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Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017
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Coffee Break: Richard Kahlenberg on Knocking Down School District Walls That Separate Kids by Race and Class

Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places…

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017
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It Only Took 5 Weeks for Trump and DeVos to Start the Undoing of the Education Department

In a matter of weeks, the Trump administration has taken a number of steps to weaken the U.S. Department of…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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We’re All Implicated in Systemic Racism

Race weighs heavily on my mind these days, not just because it’s Black History Month but mostly because my work…

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial…

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Posted Feb. 7, 2017
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Statement on Senate Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Education Post Executive Director and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Peter Cunningham, on today’s Senate confirmation of new U.S.…

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Posted Jan. 29, 2017
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The Choice of Botel for White House Education Advisor Should Offer Some Comfort to DeVos Opponents

It’s not easy being a progressive education reformer in the age of President Trump. Speaking for myself only, I support…

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017
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Charter-District Collaboration: Necessity, Not a Nicety

In an excellent turn of phrase, the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), released a report on collaboration between public…

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability,…

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Posted Jan. 3, 2017
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Does School Accountability Matter to the Trump Administration?

With 2017 upon us and a new administration in Washington prepared to take over, it’s a good time to reflect…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

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